Last coal train pulls out of town

With a wave of the hand a brief walkie-talkie message, Troy Cowan, conductor with the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad, signals to have the last two train cars delivering coal pulled away from Washington State University old steam plant. WSU has used coal to produce steam and heat the campus for approximately 100 years. The last of the coal is expected to be burned over the next couple months, officially ending the era and marking a total transition to using natural gas and diesel fuel. (Photo by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)